The hundreds of shoes stretched out across New Zealand signify lives lost to suicide in the country, which carries the developed world’s highest suicide rates, according to reports by the BBC and The Guardian.  

Rural men are killing themselves at a greater rate than urban men, and new research in the American Journal of Public Health suggests why: greater access to guns.

All suicides are preventable: That is the bedrock belief of Zero Suicide, an approach that began as an attempt to reduce suicides in mental health systems in Detroit. Its practices center on making care accessible and restricting access to means of suicide. Now some large…

First Nations people in the small Canadian town of Attawapiskat recently faced an epidemic of more than 100 suicide attempts—the latest in a long series of hardships for the community.   Photographer David Maurice Smith visited the town from August to October, 2016 to…

Over the past 3 decades, hundreds of thousands of India’s farmers have committed suicide, including many sugarcane growers. Though a single explanation remains unknown, there’s a common thread of insurmountable personal debt.   Sugarcane used to be one of India’s most…

State policies allowing same-sex marriage in the US are associated with a 7% reduction in adolescent suicide attempts, according to a new JAMA study by researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Harvard universities and Boston Children’s Hospital.  

Two unlikely partners are teaming up to tackle a statistic rarely discussed in the US gun debate: the fact that half of all US suicide deaths are by firearms.   The National Sports Shooting Foundation and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will distribute…

Gun control laws that allow for the temporary, legal transfer of firearms away from the home of someone suffering a mental health crisis are needed to prevent suicide, argues new research in JAMA Internal Medicine. While tighter gun regulations—including universal…

India faces fast-rising suicide rates are among the world’s highest. The Numbers (from the Global Burden of Disease study):

A culture of silence enveloping mental health and physicians discourages many from seeking care, even though the high-stakes field often leads to burnout and depression. An estimated 400 physicians take their lives every year in the US alone. To break the silence, several…